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“Ten Things That Suck About Having a Stroke”

An update by Steve’s friends:

When shown Margie’s previous post Steve’s first reaction was, “I am going to write a post called: Ten Things That Suck About Having a Stroke.” When asked what he loved about it he responded without missing a beat, “NOTHING!” THAT IS SO STEVE! With that, we — as Steve’s closest friends — are convinced more than ever that he is on the road to full recovery.

For the first few weeks we (and the doctors), while optimistic, knew not what level of recovery he might achieve. Since starting rehabilitation a few days ago, the progress he has made physically is nearly matching his sharp mental acuity.

Again, he wants to thank everyone for all the cards, flowers, and well wishes — even from those with whom he has disagreed in the past. The outpouring of offers of support are overwhelming. Your generosity may be called upon in the future, but rest assured he is well taken care of at the moment.

At this point he is expected to be in rehab (we keep asking whether he’s met Britney yet) for another couple of weeks. So, while he is not quite up to resuming his role here as “Urban Arbiter,” he may be posting here sooner than any of us expected. Until then, more guest editorials are lined up to keep the discussion of positive change in St. Louis going. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?


Patterson on the Mend!

February 18, 2008 Guest, Steve Patterson 54 Comments

This update is being posted by Steve’s friends.

As many of you have heard, Steve experienced a stroke on February 1. He is making progress in his recovery, but he may not be able to post here for some time. We’ll provide updates as appropriate and according to his wishes; at the same time, we all hope that he will be publishing here again himself, sooner than later.

Please post your greetings and best wishes for Steve below, and we will make sure he receives them. He greatly appreciates the outpouring of well wishes many of you have already sent.

If you would like to send a card to lift his spirits just mail it to his office and we’ll get it right to him:

Circa Properties, Inc.
C/O Steven L. Patterson
4507 S. Kingshighway Blvd.

Saint Louis
, MO 63109


Steve’s Friends

PS Keep checking back for guest editorials to keep the urban discussions rolling.


I’m a great-uncle, again!

November 12, 2004 Steve Patterson Comments Off on I’m a great-uncle, again!
One of the weird things about having a brother 17 years older than me is I have nieces four and six years younger than myself. I was 31 when I became a “great” uncle when my great-niece Joey was born. She is adorable! Well, today at 8:25am I got a great-nephew – Bryan Keith.
Bryan Keith is 7lbs 7oz; 19″ long:
While he might be yawning I’m smiling!



Good things come to those who blog

November 9, 2004 Steve Patterson Comments Off on Good things come to those who blog

When I started this blog it was simply a way to journal my numerous opinions. I had no real expectations. However, the feedback I’ve received has been great and unexpected.

“Steve Patterson’s blog Urban Review of St. Louis is a great addition to the ever-growing sea of St. Louis blogs. His writing is trenchant and unflinching, and he covers things that we can only wish to have time and energy to cover.”
Michael Allen, Ecology of Absence website and blog

This is wonderful praise given the depth Michael and Claire Nowak-Boyd’s writing on both the website and blog. Check them out!

“Glad to see you’re blogging intelligently on these issues.”
James Howard Kunstler

Kunstler is one of the leading authors on urbanity starting with the now classic “Geography of Nowhere” followed by “Home From Nowhere” and most recently “The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition.” If you are like me and you can’t get enough of Kunstler’s witty writing you’ll want to check out his blog which is called “Clusterfuck Nation Chronicle.” If you know Kunstler’s writing you’ll understand the title. Another reason I check out his site if the monthly features known as “Architectural Blunders” – a photographic look at examples of a Clusterfuck Nation. I highly recommend his books – in the order listed above. Most libraries have them as do most bookstores. In the meantime, check out his website.



If you’re not part of the future then get out of the way

November 5, 2004 Popular Culture, Steve Patterson Comments Off on If you’re not part of the future then get out of the way

Today I was making a mix CD for a friend and I listened closer to John Mellencamp’s 2001 song Peaceful World. Certainly a peaceful world would be nice. Below is an excerpt from from the lyrics:

Racism lives in the U.S. today
Better get hip to what Martin Luther King had to say
I don’t want my kids being brought up this way
Hatred to each other is not okay
Well I’m not a preacher just a singer son
But I can see more work to be done
It’s what you do and not what you say
If you’re not part of the future then get out of the way

These words ring very true at this time and apply to many things from my personal life, to St. Louis, to the nation and world.

“It’s what you do and not what you say.”
Wow, so true.

To all you St. Louis “leaders” and the religious zealots out there:
You are not part of my future. Get the fuck out of my way!